Bring Office 365 Video to Sites with Search

We’re getting back to our search roots with this blog post! Recently, as part of a customer proof-of-concept, I configured the content by search web part in a SharePoint Online publishing site to consume and display content from Office 365 Video. Office Video is a really cool video platform available in Office 365 that allows…

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On-Going Management of Your Master Pages in SharePoint Online

Updated (12/4/2015): Correction around how default master pages are handled in the service. Thank you to @officedevpnp for calling it out.    Another off-topic post but one that serves as an addendum to my previous post. Customers continue to wrestle with this and it is something the Office PnP team tends to address theoretically but…

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Updating your SharePoint Master Page in SharePoint Online

In this post, I am going to describe how I took a heavily customized SharePoint Online (SPO) master page that had been left behind in terms of Office 365 updates and brought it back from the dark ages. This is a bit off-topic for this blog but since I don’t contribute to any other blogs,…

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SharePoint Search Architecture @ Ignite 2015

For those of you here at Microsoft Ignite, welcome! It's really exciting to be part of this massive event and with only a day under our belts, we've already seen some really cool announcements, not the least of which is the continued innovation on the Office Graph and Delve. On Friday afternoon, Dan Benson and…

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Building Custom Display Templates for OpenSearch Content

One of the less-used features of SharePoint Search (2013 or SPO) is the ability to federate to non-SharePoint sources that support the OpenSearch 1.1 protocol. Moreover, there isn’t a lot of documentation out there about what to do with those results once you have them or how to format them to fit in with the…

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Building a Search-Driven SharePoint App (I)–Setting a Foundation

At SharePoint Conference 2014 a few months ago, a good friend and colleague of mine did a presentation about how to build search-driven SharePoint apps. This topic remains interesting and relevant but I am starting to think we didn’t quite present it correctly. Our sad score reflects that. In the next few posts, I plan…

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SharePoint Online crawl/indexing latency

Compared to SharePoint 2013 on premise, working in SharePoint Online can be a little bit like groping in the dark.   To re-index content you can either: Edit the item Go to the List Settings –> Advanced settings page and click on the Reindex List button Then you get to wait around for it to be…


How to find all managed properties of a document

When working with SharePoint search it is often helpful to figure out all of the managed properties that are populated for a given set of documents. With SharePoint 2013 on premise, you can use the Content Enrichment Web Service (CEWS) and its debug mode to get at (almost) all of the managed properties for a…


Multi-select refiners and taxonomy managed properties

In SharePoint 2013 you can use the “Multi-value Refinement Item” display template to allow users to choose multiple refinement values that will be searched for with OR logic.  In the following example, when I click “Apply” the results will be narrowed to any that match Audit or CPO The neat thing is the “Other Value”…